How to write fiction
I’ve just added a new section to my website called ‘Ask the Author’ where I’ve described what a writing day tends to look like for me. I’ve also answered these questions: What sort of research do you do for fiction writing? How do you write a novel? Where do you start? If you have any […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Even though fiction is made up it might still be factual in terms of the places the story takes place in and perhaps the way certain characters behave. Often the experiences of the characters are based on the experiences of real people who have been in similar situations. I read Joanna Trollope’s book: The Soldiers […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Do you prefer the creative connection of putting favourite pen to beautiful notebook OR the speed and efficiency of onscreen typing? Putting pen to page You can write anywhere with a notepad and pen When friends and family know you are a writer they tend to buy you notebooks! And if they don’t you can […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
My friend Julie Willard read my novel, Unlikely Neighbours, and then gave me Hidden Talents by Erica James to read. ‘Have you thought about writing more? she asked me. Looking at the near-500 pages in my hand, I realised she meant a longer novel. (Mine is around 200 pages.) It was a question, I pondered, as […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
When you’ve finished your first draft and you’re happy with it – let the editing begin! The good news is that you can’t do all this yourself; you need to get some help. The bad news is that you still have quite a bit of work to do. So here are some top tips: 1. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
There are three stages, and the first one is by far the most challenging! Sorry, I don’t make the rules. You need to take your draft or manuscript (as it is often called) and turn it into a format that Kindle will accept. You need to have a front cover for your book in JPEG […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
E-books are good news for authors as, for the first time, you can get a reasonable level of royalty per book sold, which is difficult through print distribution. The numbers add up It’s a very fast and efficient way of getting your book in front of literally millions of readers all round the world. There […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
For any story, short or novel length, your main character needs to develop in some way by the end. In other words, they need to change somehow; it might be that they learn from their mistakes, or maybe climb out of a situation they are thrown into and become a better person for it. James […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
If you are embarking on writing a novel, where do you start? You have an idea for a story, maybe you are clear on who your main character will be but how do you develop this into a great novel? To plan or not to plan I did this course in creative writing many years […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I think it’s true to say that the majority of novels are written in the third person, and probably because this gives the writer more opportunity for describing the environment of the characters and the characters themselves. However, using monologue can be very powerful too. Let’s go straight into an example of a scene I […]Continue Reading... No Comments.